If you are looking for that perfect Greek island with a balance of beautiful beaches, nightlife, white Cycladic villages, low-impact tourism and maybe the best food in the Cyclades, then you can look for Sifnos.
Sifnos is an island municipality in The Cyclades islands group in Greece. The main town, near the center is known as Apollonia which is home of the islands folklore museum and library. It is a largely unassuming small island somewhere at the southwest corner of the Aegean and it is wildly popular with Greek vacationers who flock to it in the month of August to enjoy its reputation as inexpensive and pristine.
This island lies in the Cyclades between Serifos and Milos, west of Delos and Paros, about 130 km from Piraeus. The island is reached on the ferries which run on the Piraeus, Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos and Kimolos line.
Sifnos was very wealthy in ancient times, thanks to its gold and silver mines. It has a lot of things to offer such as the imposing landscapes, the picturesque settlements, the beautiful beaches, the medieval villages and the old monasteries. There are 365 churches on Sifnos with Chrysopigi being the most famous one and it is also famous for its beaches and the famous pottery.
This Cycladic Island is a popular destination for yacht charters and international travelers. The simple port of Kamares greets yacht charter visitors with a barren, rocky terrain. But, once leaving this area, charter guests discover lovely villages, ancient sites and terraced hills scented with thyme and oregano.
Tourist facilities on Sifnos are of a good standard and it is possible for the visitor to combine a lively night life with a peaceful island existence close to nature.
Sifnos is an island with a typical Cycladic landscape at first glance, but the touch of its inhabitants through history has bestowed a touch of individuality on its architecture.
Certain towns of Sifnos have developed to accommodate the tourists, while other ones, like Kastro, have remained pristine and beautiful.
Sifnos is an island conducive to relaxing activities by the seaside and in little towns and it is a perfect destination if you are looking for a laid back vacation.
Swimming at one of the numerous beaches around the island is a joy as one can always find a quiet spot either in Faros, Vlyho, or Fasolou. Other nice beaches include more crowded ones which are at Platis Gialos, Vathy, or Kamares.